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High Wind Knocks Out Power for 760 In Birmingham

760 DTE Energy customers woke up without power Tuesday morning as high winds and rain from Hurricane Sandy pummel Metro Detroit.

At least 760 DTE Energy customers in Birmingham woke up without power Tuesday morning as high winds from Hurricane Sandy continued to whip through Metro Detroit.

The largest outage area, according to the DTE Energy outage map, is concentrated west of downtown, stretching all the way from Quarton to Lincoln and affecting much of the Quarton Lake neighborhood to the homes east of Seaholm High School.

According to the outage map, 680 customers are impacted by that area outage. The power went off around 9:30 p.m. Monday and there are currently no restoration times.

An additional 96 customers are without power in the city's northeast corner, just south of Big Beaver but west of the railroad tracks. Restoration times are not available for that outage either.

In total, DTE told Fox 2 News that 51,000 of its 2.1 million customers across southeast Michigan are without power Tuesday morning.

A wind advisory for Oakland County is expected to last through 1 p.m. Tuesday, bringing with it wind speeds up to 50 miles per hour. These winds could cause hazardous situations, including power outages, downed tree branches and difficulty driving, especially on east-west roads.

DTE Energy spokesman John Austerberry said that the Michigan-based gas and electric company are anticipating potentially-long outages.

DTE has released around 100 contract line crews to assist with expected major outages on the east coast as Sandy hits. However, DTE's own crews will be staying in Michigan.

"We have not sent any of our own crews because we want to see what happens with the weather here," Austerberry said.

To prepare for high winds, Michigan residents are encouraged to use precaution while driving—especially high-profile vehicles. Additionally, residents are encouraged to move trash cans, lawn furniture, Halloween decorations and other outdoor items into their garage or home.

Tuesday, Birmingham residents can expect rain possibly mixed with snow all day, becoming all rain in the afternoon, the National Weather Service says. The high will be 44 degrees with sustained winds between 23-25 miles per hour. Wind gusts could reach 31 miles per hour.

Birmingham Mom November 01, 2012 at 12:52 PM
We lost our power Monday night due to a mistake by DTE workers, not the wind. Its scary how difficult DTE is to work with and how disorganized they are. If a live person can ever be found, it’s obvious the right hand has no idea what the left is doing. And. Why would DTE send crews out east when there were over 100000 homes out here? A supervisor, Brandon, told me we needed to “pay it forward” What? Is DTE a public service charged with providing power to SW Michigan or a philanthropic organization? Hopefully we never suffer a big disaster here. DTE is ill-equipped to handle it.
Gail Doney November 05, 2012 at 03:55 AM
I would like to understand what you experienced Monday night. I work at DTE and am always looking to improve our service. A DTE employee

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